Closing out round one are Adam Rippon and Jenna Johnson, dancing the quickstep to “Make Way” by Aloe Blacc.
Carrie Ann Inaba praises the synchronicity, while guest judge Rashad Jennings says he likes their chemistry. Len Goodman likes the content and clarity, while Bruno Tonioli says it was “absolutely fantastic.” They score a 37.
Watch Adam Rippon and Jenna Johnson’s Sparkling Quickstep
The competition is heating up in the ballroom as the eight remaining couples hit the dance floor tonight. On Monday, the athletes will dance a quickstep, foxtrot, Viennese waltz, cha cha, salsa or paso doble in round one, in addition to performing a team dance in round two. Season 24 Mirrorball champion Rashad Jennings serves as a guest judge tonight. Two couples will be eliminated at the end of the episode. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Lindsay Arnold are currently at the bottom of the leaderboard with 17 points. At the top of the leaderboard are Josh Norman and Sharna Burgess and Adam Rippon and Jenna Johnson, who earned 24 points for their dances during last week’s premiere.
Dancing with the Stars Social Media Reactions
Omg Adam just killed that dance!! WHAT LEGENDS BOTH OF THEM DOING SHOWS BUT BOTH COMING IT IN AND KILLING IT!!! #DWTS
— Katie Newswanger (@NewswangerKatie) May 8, 2018
Legendary. Adam Rippon, so crisp, so precise with that quickstep #DWTS
— Jackie Wong (@rockerskating) May 8, 2018
Adam & Jenna's Quickstep was ON FIRE! #DWTS
— Ann Marie Pincivero (@ampincivero) May 8, 2018
.@Adaripp underestimated himself! He and @Dance10Jenna were red hot and full of pizazz! The competition is tight, but Adam is at the top! #TeamJustFriends #DWTS #DWTS26 #DWTSAthletes
— DWTS Interact (@DWTSInteract) May 8, 2018
Fantastic quickstep!! Adam & Jenna are absolutely brilliant #DWTS
— Karol-Ann Antille (@KarolAnnAntille) May 8, 2018
Adam and Jenna are gunning for that mirror ball. At this rate, I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if they win. #DWTS
— Erica (@lilsushigirl) May 8, 2018
Rippon is an Olympic figure skater. According to ABC, “Adam won the hearts of America and the world at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Known for his refreshing candor and wit, his rise to fame on the global stage has provided him with a platform to speak out in support of LGBTQ rights and the freedom to be oneself. His passion and charm have made him an inspiration to young and old alike, and he has quickly become a role model and icon to millions.” He was the first openly gay U.S. athlete to compete in the Winter Olympics.
“Dancing with the Stars: Athletes” is hosted by Tom Bergeron and sports broadcaster Erin Andrews. The judging panel is composed of ballroom experts Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. Their scores, along with America’s votes, determine who gets to stay and who is sent home as couples vie for the coveted Mirrorball trophy during the special, four-week season.
The current contestants include Olympic figure skaters Adam Rippon and Mirai Nagasu, NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Notre Dame basketball player Arike Ogunbowale. The remaining athletes competing this season include Chris Mazdzer, Jennie Finch, Josh Norman and Tonya Harding.
The all-athlete edition of “Dancing with the Stars” airs every Monday night at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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